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Firaxis vet Greg Foertsch opens new studio Bit Reactor

Firaxis vet Greg Foertsch opens new studio Bit Reactor

Former Firaxis art director Greg Foertsch is setting up a brand new studio called Bit Reactor.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, the developer said that this new venture will be focused on strategy games and says that cross-platform will be a big part of its plans.

"I honestly think that tablets are going to do for strategy games, what consoles did for shooters, and there's a way to take advantage of that," he said.

"We're super interested in cross play and being able to play the game on as many different platforms as possible, but right now, we're really focused on nailing the console experience and PC experience."

Foertsch also points out that the modern strategy games market has resulted in a wildly diverse number of offerings.

"The genre is so malleable. Look at Mario Rabbids and Gears Tactics, they couldn't be more different. But they all have the same DNA underneath them. There's a lot of flexibility in it," he said.

"If you lead with story and immersion, I think you can find ways to just make a great game and not just make a strategy game."

Foertsch spent almost 22 years at Firaxis, working on franchises including Civilization, XCOM and Alpha Centauri. 


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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